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The multi-events will tell the tale of youth versus experience.
Youth tops the conference in the heptathlon. There are a lot of young faces in the heptathlon field this year as there are only two seniors we know of who will compete this weekend. Harvard’s Madison Hansen finished third last year at her first Outdoor Heps, and now she will be the top seed with an all-time top-10 score of 5,152 points. The score even bests the most experienced multi-eventer in the conference – 5-time Heps multi champion Janae Dunchack of Dartmouth, whose heptathlon best is the 5,092 points that she scored last year.
Dunchack has been spending more time this outdoor season working on her individual events (in the process, she’s set a new personal best in the javelin throw), so she has yet to put in a heptathlon mark this spring. Penn frosh Noel Jancewicz could also battle for the heptathlon crown as she set her personal best of 5,035 points at the Penn Relays.
Meanwhile, experience tops the conference in the decathlon. The top four spots on the season performance lists belong to juniors and seniors, and we believe the winner will be an experienced person who will need to clear 7,000 points. Only two men in the field have personal bests over 7,000 points. One is defending champion Evan Weinstock of Brown. The other is Princeton’s Stephen Soerens, last year’s runner-up. Other contenders include the Indoor Heps champion Peter Rhodes of Brown, Cornell’s Mike Rabbitt and Austin Jamerson and Penn’s Tom Pitt, who announced the reduction of his ice cream intake this week in preparation for Heps.
Each man has a different strong suite though. Soerens is one of the league’s best long jumpers. Rabbitt, Jamerson, and Rhodes are all strong hurdlers and sprinters. Pitt is one of the conference’s top high jumpers, while Weinstock’s strongest events are the throws. In the end, all that matters is who can make it through the 10 events at the end of Sunday.
– Mary Boggs